Oasis (2)Be Here Now

Label:Creation Records – CRECD 219
CD, Album
Style:Britpop, Classic Rock


1D'You Know What I Mean?
Performer [Backwards Bits]Mark Coyle
2My Big Mouth5:02
3Magic Pie7:19
4Stand By Me5:56
5I Hope, I Think, I Know4:22
6The Girl In The Dirty Shirt5:49
7Fade In-Out
Slide GuitarJohnny Depp
8Don't Go Away4:48
9Be Here Now5:13
10All Around The World
HarmonicaMark Feltham
11It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)7:00
12All Around The World (Reprise)2:08

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This release is otherwise identical to Be Here Now but has a different Matrix (Nimbus - see image) and Mastering SID code.
CD includes a 16 panel booklet.

Printed notes:
A Creation Records product.
℗ & © 1997 Creation Records Ltd.
Distributed by 3MV / Vital.
Recorded at Abbey Road, Ridge Farm, Air, Master Rock and Orinoco Studios, England between Nov 96 - April 97.
Mastered by Mike Marsh at The Exchange.
All songs Oasis Music / Creation Songs Ltd / Sony / ATV Music Publishing.

This record is dedicated to the eternal memory of Delia Arthurs.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 5017556602195
  • Barcode (Text): 5 017556 602195
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored): IFPI L123
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): C7191 CRECD 219 : 1:0 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 2315
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): C7191 CRECD 219 • 1:3 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): ifpi 2304
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3 (all mirrored)): C7191 CRECD 219 : 1:1 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 2316
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4 (mirrored)): C7191 CRECD 219 : 1:8 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): ifpi 2304
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5 (mirrored)): C7191 CRECD 219 • 1:2 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): ifpi 2330

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Be Here Now (CD, Album)Helter Skelter, Helter SkelterHES 488187 2, 488187 2Europe1997
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Be Here Now (CD, Album, Stereo)Creation RecordsCRECD 219UK1997
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Be Here Now (CD, Album, Stereo)Epic, EpicEK 68530, 68530US1997
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Be Here Now (2×LP, Album, Gatefold Sleeve)Creation RecordsCRELP 219UK1997
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Be Here Now (Box Set, Limited Edition, CD, Album)Creation RecordsCRECD 219UK1997


  • Victor4's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    The great songs D'You Know What I Mean, Stand By Me, Be Here Now etc. A cool Brit Pop release with a fine sound quality!
    • southpawgrammar's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" was released to unanimous acclaim in 1995, garnering the band international success and securing their self-assured position as the biggest band in the world. In an imperial phase that saw them reach the peak of their powers as imperious rock stars as well as streetwise musicians tuned into reality, instigating an influx of stylish, optimistic, unwaveringly British guitar-based pop bands snapping at their heels, Oasis oversaw a new dawn for Britain in terms of culture that would suffer the natural consequences of any overhyped, pervasive collusion of music and fashion; an image-centric cultural movement whereby style outweighed substance, and pioneering acts at the less cultivated end of the scale saw their chart dominance begin to moderate. Oasis were one such act, and their once monumental fame had not diminished, in fact, they were as popular as ever in the tabloids, but by the release of their third album "Be Here Now" in 1997, Britpop was responsible for saturating the market with acts not preserving the requisite endurance for more than one album or hit single. In other words, Oasis had rivals competing for their trad rock kudos, and "Be Here Now" was a blatant attempt from them to remain relevant, and without a loose concept to fall back on, the album could not be commensurate with either of its stellar predecessors. "Be Here Now" is not the disappointment you would expect, it just had a lot of criteria to meet and critics to satisfy. It was a reasonable commercial success, and although its chart impact was not as abiding as "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" due to its lack of a single as ubiquitous, era-defining and crowd-pleasing as "Wonderwall", "Be Here Now" is nevertheless a solid collection of well-executed songs exploring similar themes to the previous albums, though more inspirational than prevalently emotional. Songs such as the anthemic "Stand By Me" and "Don't Go Away" come close to matching up to the majesty of "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?", and this elevates the album somewhat despite its flaws, namely overproduction, less immediacy and increased bombast courtesy of Noel Gallagher, who was by now struggling to live up to the hype as the greatest songwriter of his generation and finding solace in drugs. He even dismissed the album outright, calling attention to its issues rather than its merits, which has also worked against it in the long-term. Liam, on the other hand, has been more positive to the album, accepting that it is rare for a band to follow up two universally recognised classic albums with a third.

      Nowhere near as hedonistic and acerbic as before, Noel's lyrics are funnier, sharper and intended to be resoundingly vocalised badly at social gatherings. It became quite glaringly clear that Noel had written his best material whilst working for the gas board and as a roadie rather than once he became an actual rock star capable of developing his craft and expanding his horizons. Perhaps the poisoned chalice of fame is falsely perceived as a creative impetus, which led Noel to continue to steal from his musical heroes in a bid to create building blocks. Despite an array of familiar song titles, riffs and melodies, Noel did attempt to diverge from this established plagiaristic formula with the addition of orchestral arrangements, though instead of emphasizing strings over guitars, he drowns them in feedback and noise in an attempt to echo the much-lauded raw sound of the first and second records. He also takes centre stage on several songs, and this muscling in on Liam's snarling patch on the more sedate numbers such as "Magic Pie" was indicative of his own desire to break free of the rock machine. It could have been better, to paraphrase the closing track, but "Be Here Now" is an unfairly maligned complement to a duo of classic records that have stood the test of time. It deserves to be remixed in its entirety by Noel, who is now of a more sober, mature mindset, to highlight the magnificence hidden beneath the pomposity and excess.

      Rating: 4/5
      • te0k's avatar
        Wanting to get this on wax but I can't see any agreement on which version has a better sound quality. Can anyone help me out?
        • Ragrecords's avatar
          I absolutely hated oasis thinking they had only a few catchy tunes until 4 months ago (it’s 2019 now)....

          From all the absurd brothers fighting to Liam (the problem) saying we are bigger or better than the Beatles, or whatever he said I didn’t care and cared even less about them as a band.

          For some reason the high prices on their albums at my local record store caused me to become remotely interested in their music. Further, I watched the documentary supersonic and my outright brick wall hatred and disgust for them started to crumble.

          I’m almost embarrassed to admit I like them much less say I love them. They are really great (Noel) that is. It’s a real shame they are their own worst enemies as a band that could have stood the test of time.

          As for be here now in relation to their other albums “bolloks” it’s great just as good as any.

          I’m torn as to weather or not I’d like to see a reunion. They could never outdo what they did and I don’t think new material would be as well received. Even if it’s great.

          As for me becoming an oasis fan I’m glad I did. I now have all their albums and think they are great.

          For the record they still don’t even come close to touching the Beatles.

          But really, who does?????



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